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Pyscho-Strategies for Social Engineering


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We have various resources for learning social engineering like, the art of deception by kevin mitnick, the art of social engineering by Christopher Hadgney etc. but then why this same old TALK? The purpose of this talk is to take you one step forward, by teaching you how exactly it could be done. I mean, how can you possibly hack computers without having the basic understanding of how operating system works, how computer protocols works? You need to know what you’re dealing with and then you go ahead and look for the security issues and vulnerabilities in them. Similar scenario is with social engineering, You need to know what you are dealing with. HUMANS. Right!. what do you know about humans other than but being one. How do they operate, how do they make decision, what all factors affects their response etc. Without understanding how humans work? Your knowledge of social engineering and toolkits will not suffice. This talk will unleash the psychological strategies to execute the structure of social engineering.

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Pyscho-Strategies for Social Engineering

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  3. 3. In 2 ways: ! !   We won’t start with basics of social engineering like what social engineering is, How it can be done, what tools can be used, how it can be protected etc. !   We are more interested in getting our self acquainted with skills required. By practicing the way we communicate, the words we use, the body language we project.!
  4. 4. !   This is more about learning the strategies that triggers certain human actions/reaction every time. !   Yes, we are not talking about some “tricks” that work sometimes on “Some” people. !   We are going to cover specific psychological tactics governing human behavior that will let you take the control of the situation.!
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  9. 9. Let’s do a simple experiment ! !   While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. !   Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right-hand. !   Your foot will change direction. !
  10. 10. Let’s do a simple experiment ! !   Scratch your stomach and pat on your head. !   Try thinking of two words at the same time - not one after the other, but at the SAME TIME!
  11. 11. Why is this happening? ! !   We think we people are in control, but we are not. !   We have emotions, actions, reactions are hardwired in us.!
  12. 12. Why these strategies will work? ! !   People do not operate in vacuum but instead they think and behave in response to their world. Change their world and you can change their responses. !
  13. 13. 13 Some Real Life Scenario’s ! !   How to get anyone to take immediate action. !   How to get anyone to like you.
  14. 14. 14 How to get anyone to take Immediate action ! !   Limit Options !   Give a deadline !   Use the law of Inertia !   Expectation !   Processing Information !   Additional Incentive!
  15. 15. 15 How to get anyone to like you. ! !   Law of Association !   Repeat Exposure !   Reciprocal Affection !   Similarities !   How you make her feel !   Rapport!
  16. 16. 16 Limit Options ! !   The first thing you want to do is narrow someone's options before you present them to him. Conventional wisdom suggests that with more options he is sure to find something that he likes and that this will motivate him to take action. The opposite is true! If what you want him to do has numerous alternatives he will be less likely to choose any of them. Nobody enjoys being wrong and we don't like to second-guess ourselves. Fewer choices mean that he will make a decision faster and be less likely to dwell on it afterward. !   !
  17. 17. 17 Limit Options ! !   There is a well-known furniture chain that holds on to every customer order for seventy-two hours before putting it through to the home office. !   Why? Because it found that over 60 percent of people, within three days of a major purchase, will come back to change their mind about the colour, a fabric, or the design. !   With too many choices most people freeze and take forever to decide, and once they do make a decision, their brain often churns with Did I make the right choice? !   No choices can lead to a persons feeling his freedom is restricted and cause him to back off. !   Any option, even one, gives him a sense of empowerment and you want him to believe that he's in control.!
  18. 18. 18 Give a Deadline ! !   A task will expand or contract depending upon how much time you allow for it. !   The world operates on deadlines and expiration dates because if there is no immediate need to move forward most people will not. !   It is human nature to wait until conditions become more favourable, or until we have more information, or until we are in a better mood before taking an action. !   It's important to give a clear-cut deadline and let the person know that the action must be taken now because he may not have a chance to act later.!
  19. 19. 19 Law of Inertia ! !   Sir Isaac Newton first informed us that objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and objects at rest tend to stay at rest. He might well have added that people in motion tend to stay in motion and people at rest tend to stay at rest. If you are able to get the person moving in the right direction, either physically or mentally— starting with something easy and/or fun— he will likely continue to follow through. Why is this so?!
  20. 20. 20 Use the Law of Inertia ! !   Human beings have a strong need for consistency with their actions. !   Several studies in this area clearly illustrate how effective this psychological factor can be when applied to motivating a person. !   They show us that when someone is presented with a small request and subsequently does it, he is infinitely more likely to agree to a larger request — the thing that we wanted him to do in the first place— what we really wanted him to do. However, if he is not first presented with, and subsequently doesn't complete, the smaller request, then he has no unconscious motivation for consistency. !
  21. 21. 21 Experiment ! !   Called the "foot-in-the-door technique," the following study demonstrates the tendency for people who have first agreed to a small request to comply later with a larger request. !   Freedman and Fraser (1966) asked home owners if they would let them place a huge DRIVE CAREFULLY sign in their front yards.Only 17 percent gave permission. !   Other residents, however, were first approached with a smaller request. They were asked to put up a three-inch BE A SAFE DRIVER window sign. Nearly all immediately agreed. When approached a few weeks later the home owners were asked to place the gigantic sign on their front lawn. This same group overwhelmingly agreed— 76 percent consented — to having the unsightly sign in their front yards.!
  22. 22. 22 Experiment ! !   Music has an impact on the speed of our actions. Consider the study done by Milliman (1982), which showed that slow- paced music played in grocery stores increases sales because shoppers walk more slowly down the aisles. !   The flip side of this is also true. Fast-paced music furnishes an unconscious motivation for acting quickly. Roballey et al. (1985) found that if fast music is played while people eat, they respond with more bites per minute. !   If possible, have fast-tempo music playing in the background to increase the feeling and urgency for taking action. To increase the benefits of this law try speaking faster. You will notice that if you ask someone a question slowly, he will respond the same way, and vice versa. Others will be guided by your sense of urgency and speaking fast increases this feeling of necessity. !
  23. 23. 23 Expectation ! !   he law of expectation states that people will do what you expect them to do. Speak and act directly, clearly, and confidently. !   Also, take the appropriate corresponding physical action. Whether it's moving toward the door, picking up a pen, or dialling the phone, people will respond to your assuredness and act accordingly. !   In other words, you can use more than just words — use your actions as well— to spark action. !   If, for example, you want someone to follow you— literally— begin walking without looking back "to make sure he's coming." Your words and actions must convey confidence and expectation that
  24. 24. 24 Processing Information ! !   It is crucial to this process to know how people process information. The good news is that we all do it in the same way. !   I talked about this concept the law of inertia? !   Let's take a look at another application of this process. When it comes to doing something that we like, we do what's called single-tasking. !   When we think about things we don't want to do, we do what's called multitasking. What does this all mean? !   For example, if you enjoy cooking, the steps might be, go to the store and come home and make dinner.
  25. 25. 25 !   If you hated to cook, everything from waiting on line at the supermarket to cleaning the dishes afterward would enter into the equation. !   Fine, but what's the practical use of this? !   Well, if you want someone to take immediate action, you're going to show him that it's simple and easy. !   If you want to discourage a behaviour, you need only stretch out the number of steps into a long, boring, process. It's the same event, but depending upon how it's internalized, you'll generate a completely different attitude toward it.!
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  27. 27. 27 Law of Association ! !   By pairing yourself with pleasurable stimuli another person will begin to associate you with this feeling. !   Studies conclude that if, for instance, you were planning your vacation you would associate those favourable feelings with whoever was around you at the time, and you would subsequently like the person more. !   Conversely, research in this area shows us that when you have a stomachache, for instance, those around you become unconscious victims of circumstance, and you tend to like them less. Of course there's more to liking than just this pairing of pleasant stimuli with a person, but it can generate powerful feelings, either good or bad, toward you. !   So if you want to be liked by a person, try talking to him when he is in a good mood or excited about something. These feelings are anchored and associated with you, and this person will then come to have positive
  28. 28. 28 Repeat Exposure ! !   The old aaying "familiarity breeds contempt" is commonly accepted but interestingly enough, !   it's not true. !   In reality, it's the opposite. Numerous studies conclude that the more you interact with someone, the more he or she will like you.!
  29. 29. 29 How? ! !   Repeated exposure to any stimulus— in this case a person— leads to a greater appreciation and liking (as long as the initial reaction is not negative). !   This is true of anything— a person, a place, or even a product: the greater the exposure, the more positive the response. !   This is why companies sometimes advertise just a picture of a product, or its name, without any specific features or benefits of using the product. !   They don't need to tell us how wonderful it is, only remind us of it. Exposure, being an obvious component of repetition, can alone increase sales or votes, which is why advertisers and politicians exploit this phenomenon.!
  30. 30. 30 Reciprocal Affection ! !   Countless studies (and common sense) have established that we tend to like more those who like us. When we find out that someone thinks well of us, we in turn are unconsciously driven to find him or her more likable as well. Therefore, you want to let your "target person" know that you like and respect him, if indeed you do.!
  31. 31. 31 Similarities ! !   It is not true that opposites attract. We actually like more those people who are similar to us and who have similar interests. !   We may find someone interesting because of how different he is from us, but it's the similarities and commonalities that generate mutual liking. !   Like attracts like. When you speak to this person, talk about what you both enjoy and what you have in common.!
  32. 32. 32 "comrades in arms” principal ! !   people who go through life-changing situations together tend to create a significant bond. !   For instance, soldiers in battle or those in fraternity pledge classes who get hazed together usually develop strong friendships. !   This is also a powerful bonding method even if the experience was not shared, but similarly experienced. !   It's for this reason that two people who have never met but who have shared a similar previous experience— whether it's an illness or winning the lottery— can become instant friends. !   It is the "she understands me" perspective that generates these warm feelings for another who has had a similar experience. It all comes down to the fact that we all want to be understood, and this powerful event has likely helped to shape the person into who she is today; hence this other person "knows and understands" what she is all about.!
  33. 33. 33 Rapport ! !   Rapport creates trust, allowing you to build a psychological bridge to someone. !   The conversation is likely to be more positive and comfortable when two people are "in sync" with each other. Just as we tend to like someone who shares our interests, !   we are also unconsciously driven to like a person when she "appears as we do." This means that when someone makes gestures the way we do, or uses words or phrases as we do, we tend to find him likable. !   For now, two powerful tips for establishing and building rapport are: !   • Matching posture and movements: For instance, if someone has one hand in his pocket, you put your hand in yours. If he makes a gesture with his hand, after a moment and without !   being obvious, you casually make the same gesture. • Matching speech: Try to match his rate of speech. If he's speaking in a slow, relaxed tone, you do the same. If he's speaking quickly, then you begin to speak more rapidly.!
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